A new report into patients’ experiences of Tameside Hospital is a further reminder that improvements need to be made, says MP Jonathan Reynolds.
This week Tameside Local Improvement Network (LINk) published their findings following a series of ‘enter and view’ reports, following a series of visits in August last year.
Tameside LINk say they focus their attention on areas that such as communication, information, dignity, personal care, infection control and leadership. And they say their latest data points to limited improvement since similar visits 12 months ago.
According to their report, findings during their visits included instances where emergency buzzers and drinking water were out of reach, where medication was left on top of bedside cabinets, where toilet teats or commodes weren’t clean and where a fire exit was obstructed.
Following the publication of the report this week, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "These findings are yet another reminder of the improvements that need to be made at Tameside Hospital.
"The ‘enter and view’ inspections provide useful data on the experiences of patients and their families, as well as LINk members’ personal findings.
"This report does indicate that there are some improvements being made at the hospital, which are to be welcomed. But what is also clear is that these improvements are not happening quickly enough.
"It is unacceptable that LINk volunteers found instances where emergency buzzers and drinking water were out of reach, where medication was left on top of bedside cabinets, where toilet seats weren’t clean and where a fire exit was obstructed.
"Clearly these are all factors that could put the safety, the health and the recovery of vulnerable and sick patients at risk – and they should not have been allowed to happen.
"Myself, David Heyes and Andrew Gwynne have already made it clear to the new chairman of the hospital trust that the present situation is not acceptable.
"And in the coming months we will continue to work with those organisations which are scrutinising the hospital’s performance.
"The management team at Tameside Hospital have made repeated promises to the people of Tameside. But clearly they have not yet delivered on those promises.
"I am determined to make sure those promises are met – no matter what measures need to be taken in order to do so."
The LINk report can be found here